Obit of Orville Goff-1939
ORVILLE GOFF (Jan 2, 1939)
Funeral services for Mr. O. W. Goff were held at the Methodist church in Ruthven last Wednesday morning , January 4, 1939, with the pastor, Rev. Belden Weikel, officiating, assisted by Rev. Franklin Shaw of the local Free Methodist church. Rev. Weikel took his text from Revelations 2:7; 2:17; 3:5; and 21:7 on "The Divine Award to Overcomers,". " To Him that Overcometh," the words used in each text. Rev. Shaw read the scripture and offered prayers. "Nearer My God to Thee," "It is Well With My Soul," and "Abide With Me." were sung by a quartette. Mrs. A. L. Bragg, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Capener and Harry K. Thatcher, with Mrs. M. McGranahan at the piano. The pallbearers were: C. W. Goff, Harrison Goff, Homer Eaton, Howard Eaton, Ernest Eaton and Floyd Eaton, nephews of the deceased. Burial took place in Crown Hill Cemetery at Ruthven. Orville Wood Goff son of Mr. and Mrs. Orrin D. Goff, was born at Riceville, Howard County, Iowa, September 10, 1853, and passed away at his home in Ruthven, Iowa, January 2, 1939, at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 16 days. He moved with his parents to this county in 1872 and located on the north side of the section in which the Orville Goff homestead is located in Highland township, the present home of Paul Goff. The parents of the deceased built a sod house and lived in it for some time. An older brother, Albert, homesteaded the farm which Orville bought from him later. On February 7, 1880, he married Miss Nettie Eaton and they began housekeeping on this farm where they lived until 1908 when they moved to their place north of Ruthven. In 1911, they returned to their farm and lived there again for several years, after which they moved again to their acreage north of Ruthven. In 1925 they moved to Ruthven. Mr. and Mrs. Goff are the parents of two sons, Emory E. Goff, now in California, and Paul D. Goff, who lives on the Goff homestead northeast of Ruthven. There are six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and many other relatives and a host of friends. On July 17, 1923, Mr. Goff was stricken with a stroke of paralysis which left his throat paralyzed and during the last fifteen years his loving and faithful wife was at his side continuously, to aid him and to give him comfort and cheer. In September, 1905, he united with the Methodist church at meetings held by Rev. W. H. Montgomery in a school house near the Goff homestead. For years he was a member of the Methodist official board. One sister, Mrs. Nettie Needham, survives. His brothers, Warren, Albert, Dwight and Walter, and one sister, Mrs. Ann Bowers, proceeded him in death. Mr. Goff was one of the original members of the old Highland creamery and one of the original members of our present creamery in Ruthven. At one time he was a member of the board of directors of the Farmers Savings Bank.
Obit of Nettie Eaton Goff-1942
NETTIE GOFF ( 1942)
Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie Goff were held at the Methodist church in Ruthven last Sunday afternoon with the pastor, Rev. Belden Weikel, using as the texts of his funeral sermon, "The Divine Aware to Overcomers," Revelations 2:7; 2:17; 3:5; and 21:7. The pastor used the same texts at the request of Mrs. Goff that were used at the funeral Mr. Goff who passed away on Jan 2, 1939. "Abide With Me." "Jesus Lover of My Soul" and "Asleep in Jesus" were sung by Mrs. A. L. Bragg, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Capener and J. H. Thatcher, with Mrs. H. K. Drennen at the piano. The casket bearers were C. W. Goff, Harrison Goff, Homer Eaton, Howard Eaton, Ernest Eaton and Floyd Eaton. Besides the many floral tributes, there was memorial gift to missions. Bural took place in Crown Hill Cemetery. Among those from out-of-town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Olin Watt of Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Myers of Milford, Mr. and Mrs. John Rouse and Mrs. Rowland Homberg of Ayrshire, and Mr. ad Mrs. Earnest Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Geo. Dainty and Mrs. N. Tiller of Spencer. Nettie Eaton, daughter of Josiah O. and Mary Eaton, was born at Maquoketa, Iowa, October 22, 1863 and died at Ruthven, Iowa, December 3, 1942, at the age of 79 years, 1 month and eleven days. Her mother died when she was 3 years old and when her father died five years later, Nettie came to Ruthven to live with an older sister, Mrs. America Barringer. On February 7, 1880, she was united in marriage to Orville Wood Goff, who came to Palo Alto county with his parents in 1872. They purchased the present Goff homestead from an older brother who had proved up on his claim and they lived on this farm until 1908 when they moved to their acreage north of Ruthven. In 1911, they returned to the Goff homestead farm and a few years later again moved to their acreage north of town. In 1925 they moved to Ruthven. In September, 1895, Mrs. Goff was converted at a revival meeting held in a rural school house near the Goff homestead and united with the Ruthven Methodist church under the pastorate of Rev. W. H. Montgomery. The deceased is survived by two sons, Emory and Paul, both living near Ruthven. A sister, Mrs. Emma Allen lives at Merrifield, Minn. The deceased brothers of Mrs. Nettie Goff are: Josiah, John, David, Frank and Robert. Deceased sisters are. Mrs. Nancy Hall and Mrs. America Barringer-Berger.